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Particle level in city motor vehicle areas much higher, says study

Level of particles below a certain size (PM 2.5µg/m3) in mixed and motorised areas was, on average, 182 and 272 per cent higher respectively than that of non-motorised areas, a study showed.  The level already exceeded the maximum recommended limit for 24 hours (65µg/m3) in predominantly mixed and motorised areas in 12 hours, suggesting a […]

My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. More than 30,000 people, some sporting pollution masks, braved a hazy morning to run through the Indian capital despite almost two […]

Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution and heatwaves

The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed.Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people and global warming is boosting the transmission of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, the world’s most rapidly spreading disease. Air pollution from fossil fuel burning […]

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

Trees and green spaces are unrecognized healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing to allergy reductions, says report. People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report. Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to […]

Pollution responsible for quarter of deaths of young children, says WHO

Toxic air, unsafe water and and lack of sanitation cause the deaths of 1.7 million under-fives every year. Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organisation reports, with toxic air, unsafe water, and and lack of sanitation the leading causes. The reports found polluted environments cause the […]

Green buildings make you work smarter and sleep sounder, study reveals

People working in green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they get home, a new study has revealed. The research indicates that better ventilation, lighting and heat control improves workers’ performance and could boost their productivity by thousands of dollars a year. It also suggests that more subjective aspects, such as […]

4 more likely homegrown Zika cases found in Texas

State officials have announced four more cases of Zika that are believed to have been transmitted in Texas, almost two weeks after announcing the first such case. That first case, announced Nov. 28, was a woman who lives in Brownsville, a town located on the Mexico border. The Texas Department of State Health Services said […]

Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

Illness is best cured with drugs. That assumption has prevailed since pharmaceuticals became widely available. But in recent years there has been a growing interest in alternative medicines, many of which employ mental or spiritual powers to heal the body. Now research into the biochemistry of placebos is showing that these remedies are not as […]

Scientists breach brain barrier to treat sick patient

For the first time, doctors have breached the human brain’s protective layer to deliver cancer-fighting drugs.  The Canadian team used tiny gas-filled bubbles, injected into the bloodstream of a patient, to punch temporary holes in the blood-brain barrier. A beam of focused ultrasound waves applied to the skull made the bubbles vibrate and push their […]

Winter Vegetables are Helpful

Using in-season vegetables to lose weight works all year round. Slimming down after having my sons took some work, but I had the season on my side. Both of their birthdays are in May, so summer’s glorious bounty of vegetables made losing weight seem relatively simple: I’d pick whatever veggies looked fresh at the market […]

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